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Subtle Halloween Makeup: An Oxymoron

Updated: Aug 21

By Laura Bissessar. Happy Halloween, Everyone! My husband and I always dress up, and in our many Halloweens together, our costumes have been all over the place when it comes to couples' themes. 2018 is no different.



Trick or treat! Halloween 2015! Can you guess our theme?

The Story

This year, hubs and I decided that we would dress up as the people that other people say we look like. Actually, I said I wanted to dress up as Moana, and my husband wasn’t particularly interested in wearing a body suit and leaves to be Maui, so we compromised.

He’s he’s going as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and I figured sure, there’s a theme in there. So my husband like, for real, looks like Aaron Rodgers. Strangers stop him to ask the same question you’ve heard if you resemble someone famous. So his costume consists of a T-shirt and hat. He’s done.


My resemblance to Disney’s Moana needs a little more work. For one, only my family tells me I look like Moana. No one is stopping me at Home Depot to ask “has anyone ever told you…yadda, yadda?” Two, she’s a cartoon character. I’m gonna need the full costume. And I’m gonna need a little makeup. Good thing I already have the hair.


The Makeup

Moana’s look is subtle, but distinct. I thought that this look might be too simple to put on the internet. But then again, sometimes people need to most help with simple, simply because they have no idea where to start. And a few tips could hurt.


Here were the results...



Here’s what I used…


Prep - I usually don’t use primer on myself. Freshly moisturized skin works for me. As long as your skin has a little tack to it, your face is ready to be made up.


Base - I use Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in Medium Tan Sand, and if I’m particularly tan, I have a now defunct powder foundation from Laura Mercier (*sigh* looks like I'm going shopping). Anyhow, powder foundation works best for my combination skin. Everyone will have different needs. If I need some concealer, I’ll use Tarte’s Creaseless Under Eye Concealer.


Cheeks - Unknown golden red blush mixed with Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. Also, use gold highlight on the nose and top of the cheekbone. Look, sometimes you just forget what you bought after you de-pot these things. My bad. Here's a photo to help:



Eyes - MAC cosmetics is notorious for discontinuing their products. I've had some of my lesser used eyeshadows for years (no shame, they're fine). Apologies in advance.

Eye highlight - MAC Rice Paper

Eye Base - MAC Bamboo

Eye Crease - MAC Copperring

Liner - MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved

Mascara - Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1

Lashes - generic, cheap lashes, cut in half, glued on with DUO. Boom. Roasted.


Brows - Any black eyeshadow, used wet. Full, overfilled eyebrows are key here. It'll give you the most effect on this basic look.


Lips - Mac Lipliners in Half-red (to line) and Spice (to fill). Bare Minerals Buxom lip gloss in Sugar (discontinued, and this lip gloss isn't even old!). I used a drop of lip gloss so this is optional.


Finish - No finish, but sometimes I’ll use Evian spray if my skin is dryer than usual.


Hair - There wasn’t much for for me to do here. Part of the whole “you look like Moana” resemblance comes from my hair. So some of Alterna’s weightless whipped mousse and anti-humidity hairspray does the trick. I could've fixed my frizz a little more, but... well, I was tired.





What do you think? Did I do Disney justice? Follow my Instagram page @sawdustlaura to get updates on how our costumes turned out when we turned up! Turnt up? Idk, I'm old.


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